A couple of times I've seen questions where the code snippets supplied in the question don't exhibit the problem asked about in the question - such as the original version of this question. Sometimes this is because the code has been accidentally corrected by the author when they copied out their code snippets by hand (as it was in this case).

Copying and pasting the snippet would have avoided the automatic correction and would save time for the asker and people trying to answer the question. Should the "how to ask a question" bit of the FAQ encourage copying and pasting code where possible?

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    ...perhaps with a link to sscce.org? – Ilmari Karonen Mar 13 '12 at 1:37
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    I don't expect it would help, but I support this. – Daniel Fischer Mar 13 '12 at 1:58
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    From the title, I thought this was about not posting screenshots of code, which I see occasionally and which drives me half mad. There's also the "I changed this to dummy code" "Well, the dummy code doesn't make sense/exhibit the problem/even compile." I think including this in How To Ask is a fine idea. – jscs Mar 13 '12 at 2:10
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    This is a great first step. Now, if we could only get those people to read the FAQ... – Cody Gray Mar 13 '12 at 4:39
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    @TheEstablishment (a) still, no reason not to update the FAQ (and the How to Ask page); but (b) in the spirit of your observation, we should update the Ask Question form, too. – Robert Ryan Jul 17 '12 at 13:42

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